Senator Young Launches "Keep The Cap" Campaign

Encourages residents to sign her petition by visiting


ALBANY – Implemented just a few short years ago, the property tax cap has helped families, seniors and businesses gain a sense of security and consistency in their budget.


But with the prospects of the cap expiring, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) has launched an online petition to garner support for the Senate Republican Majority’s effort to make the property tax cap permanent.


May 22, 2015

Senator Sets Forth Legislative Effort to Improve Child Protective Servcies

OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett


ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.


In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.


May 22, 2015

Wallace C. Higgins Inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Senator Young nominated Wally Higgins for his courageous service to the nation


ALBANY – This week Wallace C. Higgins, a decorated World War-II veteran and longtime resident of Allegany County, was inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame.


As part of the state Senate's annual Veterans' Hall of Fame Ceremony, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) nominated Mr. Higgins, known to many as “Wally,” to be recognized for his service to the nation.


May 22, 2015

Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 21, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation To Dedicate Bridge After Interstate 86 Champion

Bridge will be dedicated in memory of Susan Foster Myers


ALBANY – Susan Foster Myers, a former Councilwoman on the Board of the Town of Friendship and a former Allegany County Legislator, will soon be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and across the region.


This week, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) helped guide legislation that will name the bridge that crosses State Route 275 over Interstate 86 in Susan’s honor.


May 20, 2015

Wallace C. Higgins

Wally Higgins was born on November 11, 1925, the son of Alice & Daniel Higgins. He was raised on a small farm in Kendall, Orleans County, NY. 

May 20, 2015

Local Family, Officials Call For Action To Honor The Life of a Domestic Violence Survivor

“Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law” will protect others from becoming victims


ALBANY – If a violent offender registry had been in place, perhaps Shannon Pepper would be alive today. Shannon, the victim of the most brutal domestic violence attack in Cattaraugus County history, tragically died in an accidental fire this past February. Her abuser, Anthony Nevone, had a prior record which he hid from Shannon.


Linda Randolph, the mother of Shannon Pepper; Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) joined the family of murder victims at the Capitol today to call on the state Assembly to act on the “Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law.”


May 18, 2015

Young: “Rural School Districts Face Unique Challenges”

Senator submits comments to the State Education Department


ALBANY – During this year’s State Budget negotiations, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her colleagues fought hard to ensure that teachers, parents, and education advocates were given a voice in setting education policy for the state. As a direct result of their efforts, the State Education Department (SED) is now holding a public comment period as they begin to develop new standards for the state’s teacher and principal evaluation systems.


May 15, 2015

Shirley A. Mullen Ph.D.

Shirley Mullen, President of Houghton College, has dedicated more than 40 years of her life preparing young people to be eff ective and productive citizens. After nearly 25 years in higher education, Dr. Mullen returned to her alma mater in 2006.

May 13, 2015

Senator Young's Legisaltion Passed To Provide Further Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television

ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.

“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.

May 13, 2015

May 5, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," she discussed the impact the 2015-16 State Budget will have on seniors in our community. The budget includes funding for many key programs seniors rely upon every day. These include:

- $27.8 million for Community Services for the Elderly Program;

- $26.6 million for Alzheimer’s programs;

-$945,000 for Lifespan for Elderly Abuse, Education and Outreach;

- $172,000 for the New York Foundation for Seniors Home Sharing and Respite; and

- $63,000 for the Senior Action Council Hotline.


May 8, 2015

Senator Young Honors Dr. Shirley A. Mullen As A Woman of Distinction

Recognized for her service and accomplishments in higher education


ALBANY – For her distinguished career in the field of higher education, Dr. Shirley A. Mullen, President, Houghton College, was honored this week as a New York State Senate 2015 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Dr. Mullen as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record in higher education and community outreach.


May 6, 2015

Young, Giglio Pass Resolution To Combat Sexual Violence

ALBANY – One in five women and one in 71 men will be the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment during their lifetime according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).


With concern for the victims of this predatory behavior in mind, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) have passed a resolution (J.1504/K.425) proclaiming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and are encouraging people to use the resolution as motivation to create safer environments in the workplace, the community and the world.


May 1, 2015

April 28 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

During this week’s appearance on “Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young,” the Senator discussed some of the positive results for her district in the 2015-16 State Budget. This year’s budget makes a strong investment in rural broadband service, provides record levels of funding for our local schools and includes significant tax relief for local property tax payers.


May 1, 2015

Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development  Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair  11:30 AM, Monday, May 4, 2015  Room 308 LOB

May 4, 11:30 AM - 11:46 PM

Senator Young Announces Study to Address Public Transportation Shortages for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY – Much-needed public transportation is scarce in rural areas, but Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is taking action to address this shortage in New York State.

“Due to the lack of comprehensive public transportation systems in Upstate New York, many service providers have established their own transportation systems to meet the needs of the individuals they serve. However, there is tremendous opportunity to improve the efficiency, reach, and cost effectiveness of these systems by coordinating with other organizations that have their own transportation needs,” said Senator Young.

April 29, 2015

Help Preserve and Improve Our Local State Parks

On Saturday, May 2, Parks and Trails New York will be hosting their fourth annual “I Love My Park Day.” This exciting statewide event enhances the visibility of New York’s parks system and historic sites. Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers across the state pitched in to cleanup, beautify and improve our parks and historic sites.


Our local state parks provide us year-round natural beauty and recreation activities. Whether it’s fishing, hiking, biking, snowshoeing or one of the other hundreds of activities residents and visitors use our parks for, we all have something that keeps brining us back to our favorite park. Now, each of us has the chance to give back to these sites and help preserve them as a place where future generations can learn from and enjoy.

April 29, 2015

Statement from Senator Catharine Young on the Assembly's Passage of Equal Pay Legislation

“The Senate began 2015 by immediately passing legislation to guarantee equal pay in the workplace, provide victims of domestic violence greater protections and address the other important components that make up our Women’s Equality Agenda. While a number of these items still need to be passed by the Assembly, it is a positive sign that they finally have acted on the issue of equal pay for equal work.


April 27, 2015

Legislation Passed To Help Keep Older Adults, Others With Long Term Care Needs In Their Homes

The CARE Act ensures caregivers are involved in and educated about their loved one’s medical needs


ALBANY – With more and more Americans requiring long term care each year, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week moved to ensure family caregivers receive consultation in the treatment of a loved one, as well as training to assist with post-release care tasks.


The CARE Act is an important step toward improving the quality of care for patients when they are released from the hospital, and will help cut down on the estimated $17 billion in Medicare funds spent each year nationally on hospital readmissions.


April 22, 2015